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Keeshonden tend to be very playful, with quick reflexes and strong jumping ability. They are quick
learners and eager to please. Because Keeshonden are quick learners, they also learn things you did
not necessarily wish to teach them—very quickly. However, Keeshonden make excellent agility and
obedience dogs. So amenable to proper training is this bright, sturdy dog that Keeshonden have
been successfully trained to serve as guide dogs for the blind; only their lack of size has prevented
them from being more widely used in this role.
They love children and are excellent family dogs, preferring to be close to their humans whenever
possible. They generally get along with other dogs as well and will enjoy a good chase around the
yard. Keeshonden are very intuitive and empathic and are often used as comfort dogs. Most notably,
at least one Keeshond, Tikva, was at Ground Zero on 9/11 to help comfort the rescue workers. The
breed has a tendency to become especially clingy towards their owners, even in comparison to other
dogs. If their owner is out, or in another room behind a closed door, they may sit, waiting for their
owner to reappear, even if there are other people nearby. Many have been referred to as their
"owner's shadow," or "velcro dogs".
They are known by their loud, distinctive bark. Throughout the centuries, the Keeshond has been
very popular as a watch dog on manors in the Netherlands and middle Europe. This trait is evident to
this day, and they are alert dogs that warn their owners of any new visitors. Although loud and alert,
Keeshonden are not aggressive towards visitors. They generally welcome visitors affectionately once
their family has accepted them. Unfortunately, barking may become a problem if not properly handled.
Keeshonden that are kept in a yard, and not allowed to be with their humans, are unhappy and often
become nuisance barkers.
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